Now to the start of the high stakes trial for one of the most wanted men in america, reputed mob boss and notorious gangster whitey bulger charged with killing 19 people and making millions of dollars... See More
Now to the start of the high stakes trial for one of the most wanted men in america, reputed mob boss and notorious gangster whitey bulger charged with killing 19 people and making millions of dollars during his decades-long rampage through boston. Linsey davis is here with the more. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. The prosecutor played a slide show with photographs of all 19 people bulger stands accused of killing, including two women. And in some cases he gave the alleged explanation for why he killed them or had them killed, it's shaping up to be a graphic trial of a man once the fbi's most wanted fugitive, second only to osama bin laden. Prosecutors wasted no time papting a picture of 83-year-old accused mob boss whitey bulger as a coldblood and hands-on killer. I could only imagine when i get in there. Reporter: In opening arguments assistant u.S. Attorney said for almost 30 years bulger was at the center of murder and mayhem as leader boston's infamous winter hill gang, accusing him of being involved in 19 murders while simultaneously operating as a confidential inform and the for the fbi. He was the inspiration for "the departed." E that could do what i do is me. You want to be me? Reporter: Bulger has pled not guilty and his defense attorney spent much of wednesday attacking the credibility of the star witnesses, former mob associates of bulger's, blaming them for their accused boss's alleged crimes. This morning's trial is nearly 20 years in the making. Bulger was set to be indicted back in 1994 but after receiving a tip from his fbi handler, he took off, evading authorities for nearly 16 years. All of the while atop of the fbi's most wanted list. Haes a vie lenlt temper and charged with 19 murders. Reporter: He was arrested in santa monica, california in 2011 after the fbi expanded its search to include his long time girlfriend katherine greg. This morning, she's sitting in a federal jail, as the man she allegedly helped hide is fighting t out of one. Whitey bulger himself is expe expected to testify in his own defense calling it the big show, what he says is a chance finally vindicate himself afrp deck asd of being depicted as boston's most notorious danger. That will be a show.
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